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Police investigate 2 deadly shootings in the Northside

Posted at 12:19 PM, Apr 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-07 17:31:42-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Richmond Police are investigating another set of deadly shootings on Wednesday, this time in the Northside.

Just before midnight, police said they found a woman suffering from a gunshot wound in the 600 block of Wickham Street. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police later identified her as Ashley Wilbert, a woman in her 20s.

Just four hours later, around 4 a.m., police responded to a call in the 500 block of Montvale Avenue, where a man was found dead in the street from a gunshot wound.

The man has been identified as 18-year-old Vinshaun Johnson, according to police.

Police said a teenager was also struck with gunfire during the second shooting, but he is expected to be okay after being taken to a local hospital for treatment.

"It’s just breaks your heart anytime you hear about anything like this," said Kyle Sutphin, who lives along Montvale Avenue with his family.

Sutphin said he moved to the neighborhood three years ago and has never felt unsafe before now.

“I was just talking to my neighbor, and they said they had been there for 40 years, and they’ve never had anything like a shooting or anything on the street before," he explained.

This come less than 48 hours after another set of deadly shootings in the city.

On Monday, 20-year-old VCU student Cody Woodson was shot and killed taking his trash out along Gilmer Street, according to Crime Insider sources and the night before, a 17-year-old died from a gunshot wound in that same location.

“It seems like it’s all over the city," said Sutphin. "It definitely seems senseless like I don't understand it. It sounds like there just needs to be more regulation on it."

Police did not say if the deadly Northside shootings were connected to each other.

As neighbors in the area come to terms with this violence near their homes, they’re leaning on each other.

“If you walk down the street, you’ll see lots of message of love and kindness on every single house, so at times like this, I think the community can come together," Sutphin explained.

Anyone with information about the shooting death of Wilbert is asked to call Major Crimes Detective G. Russell at (804) 646-7715. Anyone with information about the second shooting where Johnson was killed is asked to call Major Crimes Detective B. Neifeld at (804) 646-3246.

You can also call Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or use the P3 Tips app. All Crime Stoppers reporting methods are anonymous.

This is a developing story and will be updated as soon as more information becomes available.